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If you don’t have a vehicle, there are two main transport options between Dublin Airport and the city centre: bus and taxi.
Three different bus companies operate between the arrivals halls and the city, and they all have slightly different routes.
The Airlink Express runs direct to the city centre, as well as calling at Dublin Connolly and Dublin Heuston railway stations. Aircoach has 24-hour services to the city centre and South Dublin, calling at several major hotels. Finally, Airport Hopper runs to Tallaght and Maynooth, sitting south and east of the city respectively.
For a taxi transfer simply follow signs for the official ranks at either of the terminals. There are always cars waiting, and the journey time is around 30 minutes. Expect to pay somewhere between 25 and 35 euros, depending on the time of day you are travelling.
In Dublin itself, many of the central sights are within easy walking distance of each other, though there are various transport options for those who want to head further afield.
The DART electric rail system runs a scenic route from the city centre down into the southern suburbs, following the coast for most of the way.
Besides a widespread bus network, the Luas (“speed”) tram network runs on two lines crossing the city - in typical Dublin fashion, locals call it “The Daniel Day” or “The Jerry Lee” (Luas/Lewis – geddit?).
The local Dublinbikes cycle-hire scheme operates on a similar principle to London’s “Boris Bikes” and is very much open to visitors. There are plenty of private bike-hire outlets too.
If you’re looking to rent your own car in Ireland, discover your options on our Dublin car hire page.